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Michigan Prosperity Agenda: League releasing a book emphasizing quality of place to Michigan’s economic prosperity

Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan

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The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challenges listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play by creating vibrant and prosperous local communities. It has aired on News/Talk 760 WJR at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month throughout 2010 and will continue through 2011.
The hour-long radio program is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the League). The show is sponsored by the League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

THE LAST SHOW aired Aug. 24 on News/Talk 760 WJR. We spoke with experts who authored chapters in the League’s soon-to-be-released book “The Economics of Place – The Value of Building Communities Around People.” View past radio shows here.


Listen to the full show. Length: 37:50

Dan Gilmartin


Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League.


Audio (length: 1:08 minutes). Dan introduces the new book "Economics of Place" by the Michigan Municipal League.


Co-host Stephen Henderson


Stephen Henderson is the editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press. He offers his thoughts on the future of Detroit and southeast Michigan and positive projects happening in the city and the region.


Audio (length: 6:55 minutes). Stephen Henderson discusses a tale of two Detroits, and how much progress has been made, but there's still a long way to go.


Dan Burden


Dan Burden, executive director and co-founder of The Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, is an internationally recognized authority on livable and sustainable communities, healthy streets, traffic calming, and bicycle and pedestrian programs. Burden has more than 35-years experience creating livable communities and has worked with 3,000 different communities to help them reach their goals. He will discuss the unique nature of place making in Michigan.


Audio (length: 9:26 minutes). Dan Burden says communities should be built around people not cars, and lists some Michigan cities doing it right such as Ann Arbor and Traverse City.


Joe VanderMeulen


Joe VanderMeulen is the executive director of the Land Information Access Association (LIAA), a non-profit community service organization located in Traverse City. LIAA was formed 18 years ago to increase civic engagement in community development and resource management through professional planning practices and the application of advanced information technologies. He will discuss Michigan’s slow reaction to changes in the global economy.


Audio (length: 9:49 minutes). Joe Vandermeulen says civic engagement is more than going to the ballot box and voting.


Phil Cooley


Phil Cooley is part owner of Slows Bar B Q and a general contractor with O’Connor Development. He services on the board of Architectural Salvage Warehouse Detroit, Greening of Detroit, Roosevelt Park Conservancy, Center for Community Based Enterprises and the Heidelberg Project. Cooley is also on the advisory board of ACLU of Southeastern Michigan and currently co-chairs the Mayor’s Advisory Task Force for the Detroit Works project. He will discuss his work in the city and his thoughts on Detroit as a blank canvas where entrepreneurs have opportunities not offered anywhere else in the world.   


Audio (length: 9:33 minutes). Phil Cooley explains that Detroit is a blank canvas with unlimited possibilities.


July 27, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

June 22, 2011: What's Happening in Detroit and Other Communities to Make Michigan Better

May 25, 2011: Why Transit Matter's to Michigan's Future Prosperity

April 27, 2011: Why Place Matters to Michigan's Future Prosperity

Mar. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget and what it means for Michigan

Feb. 23, 2011: Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state budget and the potential impact on Michigan cities

Jan 26, 2011: New leadership and the impact on jobs, education and quality of life

Dec 23, 2010: Why Higher Education is Among Main Pillars for Building Michigan's Future

Nov 24, 2010: New Leadership and the Impact on Jobs, Education and Quality of Life

Oct 20, 2010: Michigan Governor Candidates Talk Cities

Sept 23, 2010: Economic Development and Entrepreneurship

Aug 25, 2010: Green Initiatives

July 28, 2010: Economic Gardening

June 23, 2010: Rightsizing Cities

May 26, 2010: Attracting and Retaining Talented Young People

Apr 28, 2010: The New Urban Neighborhood

Mar 24, 2010: Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Feb 24, 2010: Talking Transit

Jan 27, 2010: Making a Better Michigan





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